97% of children allocated preferred primary schools
More children have secured places at their-first choice primary schools in Kent this year.
Parents found out on Tuesday which schools their child had been allocated, and county education chiefs said a record number – 97% – had been offered one of their preferred primary schools.
KCC said the figure represented the highest recorded percentage achieved since coordinated primary admissions began.
Of the 16,855 children allocated preferred schools, 15,429 got their first preferences.
That is close to 90% of children and a 2% improvement on 2016.
However, 444 children were not offered any of the schools they applied for – but that figure represents a reduction of 162 on last year.
Of those 444 who were not offered one of their preferred schools, nearly half failed to make use of all available preferences – limiting Kent’s ability to offer them preferred schools.
Patrick Leeson, education director, said: “Kent continues to offer parents a wide selection of exceptional schools, with 91% of primary schools rated as good or outstanding according to inspectors from Ofsted.
“This allows parents to confidently name schools in their area, which has led to these record-breaking figures.
“Unfortunately, each year a small minority of pupils are not offered a school of their choice.
“We do encourage families to use all the preferences available to them so that they have a better chance of securing a preferred school.
“The council will offer each of these children an alternative school.
“Many will go on to secure places of their preference through waiting lists and reallocation, and I would like to reassure parents that a specialist Kent County Council team is on hand to help them make the most of the options available to them.”
Parents who applied online received an email after 4pm on Tuesday, indicating which school they had been offered.
Parents can accept their offers or seek alternatives via the reallocation process if they are not happy.
For further information on how to join a waiting list or to appeal, go to www.kent.gov.uk/ primaryadmissions or phone the coounty council admissions team on 0300 412121
More than 15,000 children got their first-choice schools